My Battlestation

Welcome to my workspace. This is where I build and support the mission-critical service


Using fake views (for security) to mimic my environment

The hardware

Machine: Apple Mac Pro (6-core, 64GB, 1TB, D300) — My first pro Apple desktop since the Power Mac G4.

Almost every review of the Mac Pro is focused on working with video. But this machine is fantastic for developers and sysops too. This beast outputs to 6 displays and the 64GB RAM not only allows you to spawn dozens of virtual machines, but you may also keep all of your apps and tools running and in your desired state forever.

Why 6 displays? Because I love my users.

3 of the displays are my main focus areas. The 2 top displays are primarily for monitoring purposes (graphs, logs, alerts, etc) and the left vertical display is more monitoring plus communications. I do frequently use all 6 displays to perform a task. For example, when I’m troubleshooting I use many tools and I need them all open and visible to eliminate mistakes made from trying to remember what I just saw in a view that’s now hidden.

I was skeptical at first, but the 6 display setup has caused my productivity to sky rocket.

Display 1: Apple Thunderbolt

Display 2: Apple Cinema LED

Display 3: Asus PA248Q (24” 1920×1200 LED IPS)

Display 4: Asus PA248Q (24” 1920×1200 LED IPS)

Display 5: Asus PA248Q (24” 1920×1200 LED IPS)

Display 6: Samsung 2433BW (24” 1920×1200 LCD) + Neo-Flex Stand

Camera: Logitech C930e

Inputs: Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

Battery Backup Belkin 1500VA UPS

Storage: 12TB external (I use various economy drives)

USB Hubs

Internet Pipe (primary): Cable 150 Mbps / 15 Mbps

Internet Pipe (backup): LTE 40 Mbps / 7 Mbps

Other stuff on my desk


UTC Clock – HighStar USB (I can’t program it, I just wait until 12:00 UTC to plug it in)

Chair: Steelcase Leap (Forever comfy)

Desk: IKEA Galant (Adaptable and holds all of my gear with plenty of space left over)

Monitor Stand: Vivo Quad LCD Heavy Duty (I use this for the top displays only)

Paper: Rhodia dotPad

Pen: Pentel Rolly C4

Eyewear: Gunnar Weezer Onyx

Headphones: Bose SoundTrue with Sennheiser HH-10 holder (Always playing trance from Digitally Imported)

Mobile Machine: 15” rMBP (In case I need to step away)

More views

The back of my system and the front of @supersuperjessi‘s setup.


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